This section of the Advocacy Toolkit provides helpful tips on contacting legislators on the state and federal levels through letter writing, phone calls, and in-person meetings.
Find Your Districts:
You can find both legislative and congressional districts at this link.
Tips for Meeting with Legislators:
This link provides an overview of how to meet with legislators.
Advocacy by Letter, Postcard, or Email:
How to contact your legislator via written word.
Advocacy By Telephone:
How to contact your legislator over the phone.
How to Conduct a Virtual Meeting:
How to contact your legislator in the time of COVID-19 and social distancing.
Communicating with Congress: Emails, Letters, and Phone Calls:
Tips for contacting federal elected officials.
Developing Effective Messages/Desarrollo de Mensajes Efectivos:
This link outlines how to create an effective message to take to legislative meetings, including a template to use in preparation. (English/Español)
8 Tips for a Successful Olympia Visit:
Read this document before preparing for a visit with your state legislators.
8 Tips for a Successful Congressional Visit:
Read this document before preparing for a visit with your federal legislators.
Meeting with Your Legislator During the Interim:
The Washington State legislature is in session only a few months per year. The off-season is a great time to meet with elected officials in their home districts to discuss the issues that matter to you!
Meeting with Congress Members during the August Recess:
The US Congress typically recesses during the month of August each year. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Advocacy Network shares this guide to meeting with your Congress Members during this time.